Tag Archives: Bureau of Prisons

Monitoring and Banning Communication

Fact: The Bureau of Prisons places some prisoners in “Communication Management Units” where all communication by the inmate is monitored.

Fact: A proposed rule would limit the communication of those in a CMU with others outside of the prison to a single 15 minute phone call and three sheets of paper per month.

Fact: These communications are all monitored by the Bureau of Prisons.

Source: Federal Register & Equal Future

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Bureau of Prisons Conception of Mental Illness

Fact: Both publicly and in court filings, the Bureau of Prisons insists that mental illness is treatable and curable, like a cold or infection, rather than a permanent condition.

Fact: No other prison system is known to use this concept. No others in the corrections or psychology field takes this view.

SourceThe Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Abuses of Solitary Confinement, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

Solitary Confinement If…?

Fact: Official Bureau of Prisons policy allows solitary confinement from three to twelve months, depending on the violation for the following:

  • “Insolence”
  • Masturbation
  • Simple Fighting
  • Adulteration of Food
  • Self-Tattooing
  • Circulating a Petition (regardless of content)
  • Failure to follow correction officer’s work instructions exactly
  • Improperly handling a cleaning product
  • Failing to stand for count
  • Being “untidy”
  • Using obscene language twice within six months

Source: The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Abuses of Solitary Confinement, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

18 Months Solitary Confinement for Masturbation

Fact: Under Bureau of Prisons official policy, masturbation is punishable by up to six months in “disciplinary segregation” (solitary confinement). For a second offense within eighteen months, another year of solitary confinement is officially permissible.

Fact: In other words, the punishment for masturbating twice in 18 months, under official BOP policy, is up to 18 months in solitary confinement.

Source: The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Abuses of Solitary Confinement, Washington Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights and Urban Affairs